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Speyburn 18yr

  • Distiller:

    Speyside's Speyburn Distillery

  • Bottler:

    Speyside's Speyburn Distillery

  • ABV:

    46%

  • Age:

    1 Year 6 Months

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: WhiskeyRaiders
  • Excerpt: Delightful. More complex than expected and a lovely sip. If you're looking for something to go toe to toe with those older Macallan's or Glendronach's at a fraction of the price, that you can actually find, this is a ringer.
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  • Raided Score: 95
  • Publication: Drink Hacker
  • Excerpt: Sherry fans: Run, don’t walk, to pick up this rare 18 year old that can be yours for just about 100 bucks.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: On the tongue, the weight from the sherry cask maturation and worm tub distillation are most apparent with a delicious blend of stewed stone fruit and cracked pepper notes.
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  • Intro:

    Distilled by Speyburn and bottled after 18 years of aging in a blend of American and Spanish oak casks, this sherried malt is bottled with no coloring or filtering, at 46% ABV. Speyburn is one of the country's lesser known distilleries, but that doesn't mean they don't know what they're doing. Long seen with a core of budget options, this 18yr age statement is a hefty one. Let's dig in.

  • Nose:

    Big sweetness on the nose, plenty of tobacco, stewed fruits, honey and toffee.

  • Taste:

    Medium palate, sweet cream, a bit of maple, blackberry, fig and stewed fruits. The sherry shows here wonderfully, and the complexity works well. I don't find myself wishing for a higher proof here, and the maple, cream and blackberry paint a great, sherried, picture.

  • Finish:

    Long finish, peppery and bold. Good deal of oak, lingonberry, oak spice and clove. Lovely transition from sweet and desert to bold, oaky and spicy.

  • Overall:

    Delightful. More complex than expected and a lovely sip. If you're looking for something to go toe to toe with those older Macallan's or Glendronach's at a fraction of the price, that you can actually find, this is a ringer.

  • Score:

    7

  • By t8ke
  • Disclosure: The producer provided this sample to review free of charge, and without expectation of review or rating.

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